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Support the Hampton Rotary Hampton Rotary Club’s yard sale could really use a boost this year. Like all organizations it has been a very difficult year and Rotary clubs all over the world are having a very hard time. The biggest challenge Larry Marsolais is finding ways to raise money so we can give back to those who need it. Our Rotary year ends on June 30, 2021 so we are having a yard sale on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. The address is 121 Mill Road in Hampton and it starts at 8 a.m. both days. We
have had to cut back on our donations this year so as President, my hopes are that we can raise $2,500 during this sale. We hope that you can stop by and if you can’t find anything, there will be a donation jar. As a social club it has not been the best year for us, but we managed and pulled through it. Your support is much appreciated! Also a head’s up to readers, I’m sorry to say there will not be any fireworks on Memorial Day weekend at Hampton Beach, but they will be starting in June. Larry Marsolais is the current president of the Hampton Rotary Club.
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on where you go — each individual market, she said, can have its own guidelines encouraging masks or one-way shopping, or temporarily suspending product sampling, live entertainment or demonstrations. “Every town is a little bit different, and [the regulations are] changing and evolving all the time,” said John Hutton of Copp-
al House Farm in Lee, who also vends in Portsmouth and is the vice president of the Seacoast Growers Association. “Some towns change theirs week to week.” Here’s a look at some Seacoast-area farmers markets that have already kicked off their outdoor seasons, as well as a few others that are due to start in the coming weeks.
On a windy but bright Saturday morning in early May, the Portsmouth Farmers Market — the first of several outdoor summer markets taking place on the Seacoast this year — kicked off its opening day of the season. Although the start of the market had been delayed a full month last year, with all craft and prepared food vendors sitting out the season, most are now back for 2021. “It’s always wonderful to be back,” said Julie Griewank of Shagbark Farm in Stratham and Rochester, one of the market’s featured vendors. “I was surprised at what a sense of relief it was to be together again, seeing everyone every single Saturday in the summer.” As the summer market season returns in the Granite State, pandemic regulations and restrictions that were implemented last year may still be in effect or may be eased a bit. According to Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of agricultural development for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, it will all likely vary depending Fresh strawberries at the Exeter Farmers Market. Courtesy photo. SEACOAST SCENE | MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2021 | PAGE 4
The Portsmouth market is one of four this year overseen by the Seacoast Growers Association, a member-owned nonprofit that has three others in Exeter, Dover and Durham. Under Association rules, Hutton said, all members must sell what they grow in one of three counties — Rockingham or Strafford counties in New Hampshire, or York County, Maine. “Everything is sourced from those three counties, so you’re looking at less than 60 miles across and would be able to pretty much find anything you are looking for,” he said. This is the second year the market is back in the parking lot of the Little Harbour School in Portsmouth, after previously taking place at City Hall. One of the largest lamb producers in the area, Coppal House Farm will be there most weeks selling its pasture-raised lamb, as well as pork, stew hens and some asparagus, according to Hutton. “[May 8] was our second market, and it seemed to be starting to pick up with more vendors,” he said. “We had some that
Above and below, Riverside Farm, at the Portsmouth Farmers Market last year. Courtesy photos.
weren’t able to come that first week because the weather had been so cool and dry, and so their crops were a week behind. … Those first couple of markets can be slow, but as the season progresses there gets to be a lot more variety out there.” Ryan Tuttle of Riverside Farm & Greenhouse, a multi-generational farm in North Berwick, Maine, that also has origins in Dover, is at the Portsmouth market most weeks selling a wide variety of fresh produce as well as flowers, prepared meals, breads, relishes and honey. “This time of year, we still have a few storage crops like potatoes and carrots that we’re selling, and some crops coming out of our greenhouses,” Tuttle said. “Then we’ll have our usual progression of spring crops. Salad mixes and kale are the big ones right now. By mid-summer we’ll have the heat-loving crops, so things like tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and then of course strawberries and blueberries.” On May 6 the Exeter Farmers Market kicked off its summer season, returning back to its usual location at Swasey Parkway after being at the Seacoast School of Technology for part of last year. Rivka Rowe of Home Made by Rivka, a smallbatch producer of unique jams and jellies based in Somersworth, will be there as a guest vendor on select dates beginning May 27. Hutton said Coppal House Farm is also a featured vendor for select summer markets starting June 10. “We do have a restriction in Exeter where all of the vendors are on one side of the parkway, which allows for better social distancing,” said Rowe, who’s also the secretary of the Seacoast Growers Association. “It starts at the Water Street entrance and
goes down the left-hand side.” Rowe was able to vend during select dates in Exeter in 2020 but, as with last year, is not yet able to resume offering samples for her preserves. “I have a focus on specialty and traditional, so I’ve got strawberry and wild Maine blueberry, but I also do flavors like carrot cake, bananas Foster and pina colada,” she said. “I used to have a bucket of crackers with tongs and squeeze bottles and it was interactive. The interest in the more unique flavors definitely dipped because of that lack of interaction.”
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As Memorial Day weekend approaches, a few more outdoor markets across the Seacoast are set to begin their summer seasons soon. Next up are the Dover and Durham farmers markets — each is set to begin in the first week of June, on Wednesday and Monday, respectively. The Dover Farmers Market will start on June 2 in the city’s Chamber of Commerce parking lot, while Durham’s starts on June 7 in the parking lot of Sammy’s Market. A fifth market not associated with the Seacoast Growers Association, the Rochester Farmers Market, will then begin the following week, on June 15 on the Rochester Common. According to market manager Vicky Poland, vendors will once again be set up in a circle along the baseball field to promote social distancing and one-way shopping. “Pre-Covid we were set up on the other end of the Common, next to the gazebo,” Poland said. “We discovered that the base-
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ball field … allows our vendors to drive in and set up their booths right next to their vehicles. In the past they’d park up the street and bring all of their products to the market, but we realized that this was much more efficient.” This year’s full-time vendors will include Sanborn Hope Farm, a fourthgeneration-owned family farm offering everything from beef, pork and poultry to fresh produce; Tides Fish Market, also of Rochester; and Baby Greens Farm, which offers its own microgreens. There will also be a few bakers, crafters and specialized vendors offering maple products, handcrafted sauces and more. Masks will not be required of customers, she said, although there will still be one way in and one way out of the market. A full schedule of local musicians is planned for each market. “We’re doing a weekly drawing for $20 worth of farmers market money, so at the end of each market we draw a name and that person gets $20 extra to spend the next time they come,” Poland said. “You get one raffle ticket for each vendor you’ve visited, so the more you’ve purchased from, the more raffle tickets you get.”
Seacoast-area farmers markets Here’s a list we’ve compiled by the day of the week of summer farmers markets happening on the Seacoast this year. Some markets are rain or shine while others may be postponed or canceled due to weather — be sure to visit their websites or Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information on each individual date. Mondays • Durham Farmers Market will be from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Sammy’s Market (5 Madbury Road) beginning June 7 and through Oct. 4. Visit seacoastgrowers.org or find them on Facebook @market03824. Tuesdays • Rochester Farmers Market will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Rochester Town Common (Route 108 and South Main Street) beginning June 15 and through Sept. 28. Visit rochesternhfarmersmarket. com or find them on Facebook. Wednesdays • Dover Farmers Market will be from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce (550 Central Ave.) beginning June 2 and through Oct. 6. Visit seacoastgrowers.org or find them on Facebook @ market03820. Thursdays • Exeter Farmers Market is from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Swasey Parkway (off Water Street), now through Oct. 28. Visit seacoastgrowers.org or find them on Facebook @market03833. Saturdays • Portsmouth Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Little Harbour Elementary School (50 Clough Drive, Portsmouth) now through Nov. 6. Visit seacoastgrowers.org or find them on Facebook @market03801.
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More equine adventures in new children’s book In September, Portsmouth-based writer Diane Robbins Jones will release Rudy2 – Trailers, Pigs, and New Friends, the second in a series of three children’s books told through the perspective of a horse named Rudy. As in her first book, Rudy – A Big Horse with a Big Heart, Jones draws parallels between the life of Rudy and those of children. “Like Rudy, children often have a lack of choice, people coming and going in their lives, while some experience abandonment,” she said. In Rudy2 – Trailers, Pigs, and New Friends, Rudy moves to a new stable and struggles to fit in with a new herd and is bullied. “He reaffirms that he dislikes trailers, learns that pigs are terrifying, and meets a new horse who becomes a good friend,” she said. For her, though, the attention to detail in her storytelling draws its inspiration not just from her imagination but from real life. Rudy is based on her horse with the same name. As a child Jones was a self-described “horsecrazed kid” with a dream to one day own a horse. At age 50 her dream came true. “I had never given up on getting a horse,” she said. “I did realize as I got older that this might not happen.” Her dream began to take shape, however, in
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2015, when she accepted a new job that enabled her to work from home. Without needing to drive back and forth to Boston daily, Jones adopted a somewhat different lifestyle, one that included weekly horseback riding lessons at a stable just down the road from her home in Portsmouth. It was here she met Rudy, “a striking chestnut thoroughbred with a playful and loving personality.” “He is a beautiful horse, and he is super-charismatic,” she said. “He has the ability to connect with people. ... It is hard to explain, but he has that quality.” When the opportunity to purchase Rudy presented itself to her through a series of seren-
dipitous events, Jones “dove in headfirst,” she said. Her foray into horse ownership, however, has not been without its challenges. “It has been a rocky road,” she said. “He had no manners. He was going rogue, and he was unhappy.” She said his difficult temperament stemmed to some extent from his upbringing. “He was born in Saratoga — and as a thoroughbred, he was weaned and separated from his mom early,” she said. “He has a bunch of body issues.” Rudy had also not received much recent training prior to Jones’s purchase. “He was not worked with for quite some time, so that had a negative impact, too,” she said. After a couple years working with Rudy, Jones began to make progress, during which time a story began “to flow” through her, one she wanted to capture and share with others. “Writing a book had been on my bucket list for years, so I knew this was my chance,” she said. This chance has led to the Rudy series, which she has used to tease out thematic threads that she believes connects Rudy with children. One of these threads is the issue of trust. “He has trust issues that we have had to work through,” said Jones, who said thoroughbreds are often worked quite hard in their early years. “By the time they are older their bodies and minds can sometimes be a mess, so I have done a lot of retraining with him.” In addition to telling a good story, the book
series includes color illustrations, horse anatomy, an equine glossary of terms and various horse facts. “I really want to educate kids on all things related to horses,” she said. “My hope is that through reading my books that kids develop an understanding and appreciation for these magnificent animals.” Jones said this understanding and appreciation has required some patience of her own. “If I took this horse [when I was] younger, I would have given him up, too,” she said. “I’m mature enough now, so I understand the responsibility. He is not an easy horse, but he has so many gifts.” In sharing these gifts (and associated challenges) through her books, Jones said she has tried to structure them through an “ebb and flow” strategy. “Sad chapters are followed by happy chapters,” she said. She said her stories are meant for ages 5 through 12, although those who are younger may need some assistance. “The stories have some complexity to them, but the illustrations are beautiful, so younger kids gravitate toward them and the fun facts,” she said. Jones hopes she can participate in book readings and meet and greets with Rudy, although the pandemic makes such planning difficult. “I’m just excited for the release and looking forward to sharing more stories about Rudy,” she said. — Rob Levey
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AT THE MODERN BUTCHER A whole animal butcher shop with all of its pasture-raised meat sourced from local farms, The Modern Butcher (226 Merrimac St., Newburyport, Mass., 978-465-6500, themodernbutchershop.com, and on Facebook @themodernbutchershop) is owned by Warren Means and his fiancee, Lisa Nichols. Means, who spent about a decade in the medical field as a pathologist but has always had an interest in food, said his original inspiration came from viewing an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, in which the late celebrity chef visited a butchery in Burgundy, France. He later worked an apprenticeship at Sutter Meats in Northampton, Mass., before an opportunity arose for the couple to open their current storefront. The Modern Butcher’s logo incorporates both Means’ and Nichols’ backgrounds — a cleaver for her career in restaurants and a scalpel for his in medicine. The shop is known not only for its unique custom cuts of meat available at any given time but also for its creative takes on handmade sausages, charcuterie boards, broths, sauces, marinades and “sandwich of the day” specials. Sausages are in a constant rotation of flavors, from Korean spicy pork and Philly cheesesteak to spicy honey butter and Nashville hot chicken, and you’ll never know what else Means and Nichols might come up with. As for the “sandwiches of the day,” those are posted daily on social media and available in limited quantities until they sell out. The roast beef sandwich is by far the most popular, according to Means, but other recent sandwich options have included a play on a chicken bacon ranch with Cool Ranch Doritos-crusted chicken and Buffalo sauce, and an adobo-rubbed chicken thigh sandwich with melted colby jack cheese, Mexican slaw and chipotle and avocado lime crema. The Scene recently spoke with Means about what it’s like to operate a whole animal butchery and some of his favorite items at the shop. How long has The Modern Butcher been mer that first year, and it’s really taken off. We around? only offer one sandwich every single day, and We opened Feb. 2, 2019. it’s a pretty solid rotation, sometimes a week or a couple of weeks apart. On Fridays it’s What makes The Modern Butcher unique? always the roast beef sandwich. We’re getting whole animals brought to us by local farmers themselves, so that means What is your personal favorite thing that we’re quite literally getting an entire pig or you offer? cow or chicken as a whole. Nothing is frozen The Korean-marinated Kalbi ribs, just or broken down into boxes, so that gives us because we eat a lot of Asian food, especially complete control over how the meat is broken Korean barbecue, and they are so good. I love down and what we do with it. … So with that, the sausages too. There have probably been a there are all kinds of possibilities. We make couple hundred flavors at this point that we’ve our own sausages in all kinds of unique fla- done. Our lives revolve around food, and vors, we make our own charcuteries, and we we’re always constantly looking for somecan do custom cuts. The sandwich thing we thing new to try. started doing probably sometime in the sum-
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Waldorf salad was all the rage in the ’70s. Much like this recipe, it was made with apples and celery. Unlike this recipe, those pieces of produce swam in mayonnaise. Not the healthiest of salads, for sure. This recipe takes those two key ingredients and adds a dressing that is both healthy and flavorful. To provide creaminess there is plain Greek yogurt; to add a nice bite of flavor there is goat cheese. Together they make a dressing that is satisfying, both for your palate and for your waistline. In this recipe you get to make a couple decisions as to the ingredients you’ll use. First, there is the green base for the salad. Personally I like using wilted kale, as it has a bit of texture and flavor. For those who are less excited about kale, spinach would make a fine replacement. Second, you get to choose the type of apple in the salad. Want a bit of tartness in this dish? Go with Granny Smith. Hope to have some sweeter notes? A Pink Lady is a good choice. This salad is really simple to make. In fact, the longest part of the recipe is the time it spends chilling in the refrigerator before serving. That could give you just enough time to grill a chicken breast or piece of salmon. It also could give you enough time to pour a glass of wine and relax for a few minutes at the end of the day. Tangy waldorf salad Serves 2 6 ounces baby kale* 2 ounces goat cheese, softened 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 apple, cored 4 celery stalks 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans Heat large nonstick frying pan over medium heat; spray pan with nonstick spray. Add kale to pan and sauté for 3-5 minutes or just until the kale begins to wilt. Divide kale between 2 large salad bowls or dinner
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plates, and refrigerate. In a large mixing bowl, combine goat cheese and yogurt, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Chop apple and celery into bite-sized pieces, and add to yogurt mixture. Stir well to combine. Spread kale into a ring, leaving an opening in the center in each bowl or plate. Divide apple mixture between the two dishes, placing it in the center of the kale. Refrigerate for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle each salad with half of the pecans. *You also can use baby spinach, if you prefer.
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Make outdoor chores more palatable with a good beer
My wife and I decided this would be the year we would beautify our landscaping. Mulch! Fresh loam! Grass seed! New shrubs! Flowers! And even a fancy sprinkler that sits on a tripod! This would be the year. Well, some of those things have actually happened but others, sadly, have not. The area right in front of my house looks like a construction site. No, not a construction site; it looks like something exploded in front of my house. There are two giant holes from removing a couple stumps, except that I’ve only been able to get one of the stumps out. I’m told I need a “come-along” and a “winch.” And then I guess I’m going to crank it right out, so says YouTube. I can’t imagine anything could go wrong. OK, so there’s been a lot of digging and just generally tiresome labor, and that means I’ve needed to whet my whistle with some beer from time to time. My selections have been completely random and maybe even questionable but I regret nothing. I know I’m not alone in trying to beautify lawns and landscaping this year and so I know I’m also not alone in needing something to quench my thirst. Here’s a look at some brews that helped reward me after attacking some stumps.
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Holy Donut by Lone Pine Brewing Company.
Newcastle Brown Ale by Lagunitas (Chicago) This is another one I found in the back of my dad’s fridge — honestly, what’s in the back of this guy’s fridge is absolutely wild: Mike’s Hard Raspberry Lemonade from probably 2008, some kind of hard root beer and then some Heady Topper sitting right next to it. It’s incredible. This was one of my first favorite beers during and after college. My whole family loved Newcastle. We got kegs of this stuff for all family graduation parties, I think. And then one day I bought a six-pack and every beer in the pack was skunked, and it’s just really hard to come back to a beer once that happens to you. But you know, again, years later, this was perfectly fine! (It’s also now brewed with a different recipe.) It’s got a subtle nuttiness and a little bit of malt — extremely easy to drink. This is a perfectly pleasing if not especially remarkable beer.
Harpoon UFO by Harpoon Brewery (Boston) I found this in the back of my dad’s fridge and when I saw it I immediately harkened back to the college days when I had far too many Blue Moons and UFOs with orange slices sitting on the brim of the glass. I think we all went to the well on this style too frequently and just got sick of it. So, probably 15 or maybe more years since I last had one of these, I dove in, and it was refreshing and tasty. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. It’s definitely got a little Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account mansweetness but it’s not nearly as overpowering as I remembered. On a hot day, yeah, I ager with Montagne Powers, where he provides communications support to the think this is a winner. New Hampshire wine and spirits industry. Holy Donut Imperial Stout by Lone Pine Brewing Co. (Portland, Maine) Brewed in collaboration with the famed What’s in My Fridge Portland doughnut shop that gives this beer Wachusett Blueberry Ale by Wachuits name, this is an imperial stout brewed sett Brewing Co. (Westminster) with dark chocolate toasted coconut doughMy wife saw this in the fridge and asked nuts. Honestly, I’m not sure whether it’s why I don’t keep the fridge stocked with dessert or breakfast and who really cares this beer at all times. It’s a great quesanyway? The main problem with this beer tion and there’s really no excuse for my is that I was halfway through it when I reallapse. If you’ve never tried this, please ized it was 10.5 percent ABV — that sort of do. It’s super-refreshing, very easy to made for an interesting afternoon. This is a drink and features the extremely pleasrich, decadent bomb of a beer that still maning but not at all overpowering flavor of ages to be dangerously easy to drink. blueberry. Cheers!
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Freedom, by Sebastian Junger (Simon & Schuster, 147 pages) In 2012 Cheryl Strayed hit publishing paydirt with a memoir of her three-month solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. That book, Wild, was an account of how Strayed fought her way through both a literal wilderness and a wilderness of grief after her mother died from a cruelly rapid onset of lung cancer. In his new book Freedom, Sebastian Junger also takes to the wild, with dramatically different style and intent. Best known for the commercially successful The Perfect Storm (published in 1997 if you want to feel old), Junger set off to walk a long distance along railroad lines, which happens to be illegal. This gives the account a thin tension. Will Junger and his comrades — a photographer, two Afghan War veterans and a dog — be arrested? Run over by a train? Eaten by bears? That is the extent of the mystery in this meandering account that reads at times like the collision of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and the “N” volume of the World Book Encyclopedia — “N” for the emphasis on Native Americans. Strayed covered 1,100 miles; Junger and his companions, 400, going from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. He admits in an afterword that the journey was “done in stages and not always with the same people,” which somewhat diminishes the accomplishment. But the slim book is still a surprisingly engrossing reflection of what “freedom” really means in a primitive sense, not the patriotic one, and why there is so much appeal in these stories of people who temporarily cast off the shackles of civilization for the perils and hardships of the wild. The book is divided into three sections, titled “Run,” “Fight” and “Think.” In the first, Junger jumps right into the journey, taking no time for the formalities of explaining why he was doing this, and quickly launching into encyclopedic mode with a discourse on the freedom Native Americans had before Europeans arrived to chase and slaughter them. By the close of the section, we are weeping for the Apaches, even though Junger makes clear that brutality was not unique to the invading Europeans.
As Junger writes, “If you were willing to risk being captured by Indians and skinned alive or carved into pieces so that you could watch yourself be fed to dogs, then you could make your way up the finger valleys of the Juniata and find a secluded spot to build a cabin and get in a quick crop of corn. … The risks were appalling and the hardships unspeakable, but no government official would ever again tell you what to do.” In taking the journey, Junger attempts to experience not only the travails of Native Americans and the early settlers but the lifestyle of our ancestors, millennia-past. “The poor have always walked and the desperate have always slept outside. We were neither, but we were still doing something that felt ancient and hard.” He writes vividly of the stresses of the body when moving constantly: “Sometimes you enter a great blank space where a whole hour can seem to go by faster than some of the minutes within it, and the loyal dog of your body trots along as if the entire point of its existence is to expire following your orders.” For food, the men made fires and grilled meat and vegetables they bought when they ventured into towns, and occasionally wolfed pancakes and eggs at diners where people looked at them with a mixture of suspicion and envy. They car-
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When Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, he left something out: that in the future, everyone will write a novel, whether anyone wants to read it or not. I was reminded of this recently when listening to Four-Hour-Work-Week guru Tim Ferris interview author Steven Pressfield (A Man at Arms, W.W. Norton, 336 pages) on a podcast. Ferris, who has made a ton of money writing nonfiction, mused that he was thinking of writing a novel. Of course he is. Who isn’t? That is clear from new fiction offerings from former President Bill Clinton and Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, not to mention a forthcoming novel from Empty Nest star Dinah Manoff. Abrams, to her credit, is dedicated to the craft. She wrote her first novel in law school and has published eight romance novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. She’s also written two nonfiction books. Her newest is While Justice Sleeps (Doubleday, 384 pages), billed as a thriller set within the U.S. Supreme Court. Clinton teams up with superstar author James Patterson again for The President’s Daughter (Little, Brown and Co./Knopf), which, at 608 pages, brings to mind Clinton’s 35-minute speech in 1988 and how the crowd went wild when he finally said “In conclusion.” Somewhat predictably, it’s a thriller about the kidnapping of a president’s kid. The previous Patterson-Clinton book was The President is Missing (Little, Brown and Co., 527 pages). Apparently the president goes missing. Less promising is Manoff’s July release of The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold, billed as a coming-of-age story set in Hollywood (Star Alley Press, 338 pages). Right now it’s only offered on Kindle and it appears to be the first book published by this company, which may be a cover for self-publishing. If it flops, it doesn’t take away from Manoff’s other talents (she did, after all, win a Tony) but only suggests that maybe, just maybe, everyone doesn’t have a novel in them. Andy Warhol, by the way, thought he did. Though famous for his pop art, Warhol wrote something that he called a novel — literally. A, a Novel (Grove Press, 451 pages) was not especially well-received in 1968 and, being largely a transcript of recordings, can barely be called a novel, but a first edition is going for $6,500 on Amazon. If you’ve got one somewhere, get thee to a book dealer, fast. — Jennifer Graham
ried a single machete, which they stuck in a tree while they slept, counting on Junger’s dog to serve as an alarm if something evil came their way. In the second section, “Fight,” Junger returns with dismaying insistence to tales of Indian cruelty to settlers, erasing any sympathy for indigenous peoples that he cultivated in previous pages. Then he segues into stories about how the railroads were built, with equally horrific random tales of carnage. (The book could have been subtitled “1,000 horrific ways to die in early America.”) The takeaway: Trains and settling a wilderness are dangerous, as was the trip that Junger and his companions were, somewhat inexplicably, taking, “The towns, the cops, the freight companies — no one wanted us on the lines, which was understandable. In fact, over the course of four hundred miles, we failed to come up with a single moral or legal justification for what we were doing other than the dilute principle that we weren’t causing actual harm so we should be able to keep doing it,” he writes.
In the final section, “Think,” and throughout a frayed thread that runs through the book, Junger wrestles with the perception of freedom and real freedom’s uglier realities. “People love to believe that they’re free,” he says, although flag-waving Americans “depend on a sprawling supply chain that can only function with federal oversight, and most of them pay roughly one-third of their income in taxes for the right to participate in this system.” In the end, it’s unclear what Junger accomplished other than pulverizing his feet to something the consistency of pink oatmeal. The trip had been an escape of a 51-year-old in the middle of a divorce and was “a temporary injunction against whatever was coming” next. It’s definitely not the triumphant finish of Wild. Except for one thing: Like Strayed, Junger got a film out of his exceedingly long hike. Called “The Last Patrol,” the HBO documentary came out in 2014. The book is as uneven as the territory the men crossed, but intriguing enough to make us want to see the footage. B- — Jennifer Graham
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Poor Amy Adams plays a severely agoraphobic woman who believes she’s witnessed a murder in The Woman in the Window, a longdelayed movie (and not just because of the pandemic, as is clear from watching the movie) now available on Netflix.
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actually seen, if anything at all? Despite advice, Anna can’t seem to stop herself from mixing her powerful psychiatric drugs with what seems like a steady stream of red wine. Between this mix of intoxicants and her general jumpiness that has her quick to call 911 at every hint of trouble, not only are police detectives Little (Brian Tyree Henry) and Norelli (Jeanine Serralles) unsure what to believe but even Anna can’t be sure of what she’s seen. On paper, all of this is fine — Rear Window-ness, unreliable narrator, spacious if spookily lit real estate. And the movie has a cast of solid performers. But I feel like tone is where this movie sort of falls apart. It can’t decide if it’s playing things straight: the drama of Anna’s condition meets the suspense of the mystery of the Russells, or some pulpier blend of suspense and thrills peppered with some very dark comedy. I feel like we get examples of both — with more pulp as the movie goes on — but the lack of tonal consistency makes it hard to, say, enjoy it for the melodrama or take Adams’ performance very seriously. She’s giving A Lot of performance — which also doesn’t seem to hit exactly the right tone ever — but it feels like she is often more serious or more sudsy than the movie around her. I didn’t dislike The Woman in the Window much in the same way I didn’t dislike last fall’s unremarkable Rebecca or the recent, slightly goofy ghost story Things Seen and Heard. Netflix actually feels like it would be a sensible outlet for prestige, movie star versions of cheap thrillers, higher-budget versions of basic cable movies about shady husbands and Muhr-Der. It’s just too bad for Adams in particular that this movie couldn’t be a nudge or two better. C Rated R for violence and language, according to the MPA on filmratings. com. Directed by Joe Wright with a screenplay by Tracy Letts (from the book of the same name by A.J. Finn), The Woman in the Window is an hour and 40 minutes long and is available on Netflix.
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I mean, like, poor poor Amy Adams, who can be so good (Enchanted! Arrival!) but has just been saddled with some real nonsense lately, to include all the Zack Snyder Lois Lane stuff, the mess that was Hillbilly Elegy and now this. And she tries, she gives this movie more than it deserves, but unlike Emily Blunt, who was the best thing about the otherwise borderline-silly The Girl on the Train, Amy Adams feels a bit like she’s being drowned by all the suspense melodrama. Anna Fox (Adams) is a child psychologist but it seems like she is currently on a sabbatical and just focused on regaining her own health. Her own psychiatrist (Tracy Letts, the playwright and screenwriter who adapted this screenplay from the book by A.J. Finn) is working on finding her a medication that will help her with her anxiety and depression (a suicide attempt is mentioned) and with the agoraphobia that keeps her trapped in her thankfully large brownstone. Based on a conversation she has with her husband, Ed (Anthony Mackie), from whom she is separated and who is with their young daughter, Olivia (Mariah Bozeman), Anna spends a lot of her days staring out the window and watching her neighbors. She does some post-neighbor-watching Google-stalking as well, which is how she knows what the Russells, the family newly moved in across the street, have paid for the house and that they don’t have much of an internet presence. Soon, though, the Russell family bleeds into her life a bit. Fifteen-year-old Ethan Russell (Fred Hechniger) brings over a gift from his mother. His father, Alistair Russell (Gary Oldman), hires David (Wyatt Russell), Anna’s tenant who lives in a basement apartment, to do some handyman work. And on Halloween, when Anna’s candy-free house is being pelted with eggs, Anna, who can barely bring herself to open the door and then faints when she does, meets and spends time with Ethan’s mom (Julianne Moore), who Anna’s snooping has told her is Jane Russell. Jane drops a lot of hints about the possible dark side of Alistair and is just generally kind of oddball in that way that certain Julianne Moore characters can be. But Anna has a good time with her and even seems to have made a friend. Or has she? Has she even met Jane Russell? And later, when she thinks some harm befalls Jane, what has she
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Green Heron celebrates new album with Exeter show There’s a lot of overlap in the Seacoast music scene; it’s like an all-star cast that keeps showing up in different movies. With Betsy Green and Scott Heron, collaboration went beyond playing songs together. They’re now married, and performing as Green Heron they’re the region’s own Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. In 2015 the two met when Betsy’s sibling group The Green Sisters was booked with Opined Few, which included Heron on guitar and vocals. Following the show, the two bands kept going. “We jammed for hours, just digging out all these songs,” Heron said in a recent phone interview. He recalled thinking at the time, “‘I’d like to get one of these girls in our band.’ Eventually, Betsy made it in, and Green Heron formed from there.” Heron was drawn to roots music first via Bob Dylan and the Band, and quickly caught the connection to folk music, old country and blues. This got him digging deeper into Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Poole and acts like Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers. The music moves naturally toward community, and finding like-minded acolytes sparks connections like that night after the
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Green Sisters/Opined Few gig, Heron said. “The music just kind of lends itself to collaboration, mostly because it’s acoustic and it’s simple. … Anybody with a guitar or banjo or fiddle, we all kind of know the same stuff,” he said. “You can instantly start jamming, and the Seacoast has a ton of folks like that all around, as well as Concord and Manchester.” After making a pair of albums with most-
ly original songs, 2018’s Folk Heroes and 2019’s New Pair of Shoes, the duo just completed Feet on the Floorboards. The latest effort offers a balance of Green Heron-penned tunes and traditional classics that better reflects their onstage sound. “With the new set of songs, we’re playing a lot more fiddle and banjo music,” Heron said. Nuggets like “Hesitation Blues” and “Columbus Stockade Blues” have been in the set list for a long time. “We’re excited to have what we recorded mirror what we play live.” A pair of originals served to preview the album on Bandcamp. The tongue-in-cheek charmer “Sad ‘Cuz I’m Blue” takes a twotiming Lothario to task, while “Song I Sing With You” is all sweet romance. “It’s our sappy love song,” Heron said. “Some people can relate, some can’t, and that’s just fine with us.” The two recorded Feet on the Floorboards in their living room, with engineering, mixing and mastering done by Ben Haravitch, whose Circus Tent Studio is a traveling production service. They met Haravitch at the Old Tone Festival in upstate New York and “fell in love” with a pair of albums he gave them after an impromptu jam session. “We found out he recorded all that stuff, and he happens to do it remotely; he just packs up his car with a laptop and a few microphones,” Heron said. “What better way to do it during a pandemic than just have the studio come to your home?”
They’ll celebrate the release with a show on May 21 at Word Barn, an Exeter venue run by Ben Anderson, who formerly ran the summer music series in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park. “So it’s basically a slice of those concerts; it’s really beautiful,” Heron said. Jed Rosen (Rockspring, Hot Day at the Zoo) will round out their sound on upright bass. “It’s our first real gig back since the winter, so we’re trying to make it as special as possible.” Along with Green Heron, the two have a few musical irons in the fire. Heron plays old-time fiddle music in The Wagoners and occasionally performs in a duo with Manchester musician Liam Spain. Green performs with her sibling group, as well as a trio called She Gone with Lindsay Lassonde and Whitney Roy. All three She Gone members are in The Hazel Project, a tribute act dedicated to the music of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, an influential duo enjoying a current revival. The all-female band will perform June 13 at The Stone Church. — Michael Witthaus Green Heron with Todd Hearon When: Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. Where: Word Barn Meadow, Newfields Road, Exeter Tickets: $12 to $20 at portsmouthtickets.com
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Shooter’s Pub 6 Columbus Ave. 772-3856 Hampton Ashworth by the Sea 295 Ocean Blvd. 926-6762
The Galley Hatch (Tino’s Kitchen is upstairs) 325 Lafayette Road 926-6152 The Goat 20 L St. 601-6928
WHYM Craft Pub & Brewery 853 Lafayette Road 601-2801
Grill 28 Pease Golf Course, 200 Grafton Road 766-6466 The Statey Bar & Grill 238 Deer St. 431-4357
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The Goat: Rob Pagnano, 9 p.m. The Striker: Max Sullivan, 9 p.m.
Newmarket Stone Church: Lazer Lloyd, 7 p.m.
Rochester 110 Grill: Tom Boisse, 3 p.m.
Portsmouth The Goat: Alex Anthony, 9 p.m. The Striker: Queen City Sole, 7 p.m. Thirsty Moose: game time trivia, 7 p.m.
Portsmouth Gas Light: Alex Roy, 7:30 p.m. The Goat: Chris Toler, 9 p.m. The Striker: Pete Peterson, 7 p.m.; David Zangri, 9 p.m. The Thirsty Moose: Hunter Stamas, 9 p.m. Rochester Mitchell Hill BBQ: live music, 6 p.m.
Rochester Porter’s Pub: Max Sullivan, 6:30 p.m.
Seabrook Chop Shop: MoneyKat is Back, 7 p.m. Red’s: live music, 7 p.m.
Seabrook Chop Shop: Fair Warning, 7:30 p.m. Red’s: Francoix Simard, 7 p.m.
Somersworth Stripe Nine Brewing: Plaid Dads, 7 p.m.
Somersworth Stripe Nine Brewing: Acoustic Radio, 7 p.m.
Stratham Tailgate Tavern: Double Shotz, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 23 Exeter Sawbelly: Michael Wingate, 11 a.m. Red Tail Hawk, 3 p.m.
Hampton Bernie’s Beach Bar: Soul Rebel Project, 8 p.m. CR’s: John Irish, 6 p.m. The Goat: Rob Pagnano, 9 p.m. Logan’s: live music, 8 p.m. Wally’s: Mike Forgette, 9 p.m. WHYM: Matt Luneau, 5:30 p.m.
The Goat 142 Congress St. 590-4628
WHYM: Chris Lester, 5:30 p.m.
CR’s The Restaurant 287 Exeter Road 929-7972
Hampton CR’s: Barry Brearly, 6 p.m. Wally’s: Chris Toler, 8 p.m. WHYM: Music Bingo, 6 p.m.
Exeter Sawbelly: Max Sullivan, 5 p.m.
Wally’s Pub 144 Ashworth Ave. 926-6954
Seabrook Castaways 209 Ocean Blvd. 760-7500
North Hampton Locals Restaurant & Pub 215 Lafayette Road 379-2729
Portsmouth Gas Light: Paul Warnick, 2 p.m.; Justin Jordan, 7:30 p.m. The Goat: Mike Forgette, 9 p.m. The Striker: Brick Yard Blues Duo, 7 p.m. Thirsty Moose: Munk Duane, 9 p.m.
Friday, May 21 Epping Telly’s: Johnny Angel, 8 p.m.
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Logan’s Run 816 Lafayette Road 926-4343 Sea Ketch 127 Ocean Blvd. 926-0324
North Hampton Locals: Ryan Williamson, 6 p.m.
Seabrook Red’s: Boondock Sinners, 7 p.m.
Smuttynose Brewing 105 Towle Farm Road
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Exeter Sawbelly: Chad Verbeck, 5 p.m. Sea Dog: Brian Walker, 5 p.m.
Rochester 110 Grill: Tom Boisse, 5 p.m. Mitchell BBQ: Game Time Trivia, 6 p.m.
Porter’s Pub 19 Hanson St. 330-1964
L Street Tavern 603 17 L St. 967-4777
Newmarket Stone Church: The Ghost of Paul Revere, 6 p.m.
Portsmouth Gibb’s Garage Bar: trivia, 8 p.m. The Goat: Isaiah Bennett, 9 p.m. The Striker: Tim Theriault, 7p.m., Max Sullivan, 9 p.m.
The Gas Light 64 Market St. 430-9122
Bernie’s Beach Bar 73 Ocean Blvd. 926-5050
Thursday, May 20 Epping Telly’s: Eric Grant, 7 p.m.
Newmarket Stone Church: Artty Francoeur Trio, 6 p.m.
Shane’s BBQ 61 High St. 601-7091
Saturday, May 22 Epping Telly’s: Clint & Jordan, 8 p.m. Exeter Sawbelly: Qwill, 1 p.m.; Todd Hearon, 5 p.m. Swasey Parkway: Max Sullivan, 3 p.m. Hampton Bernie’s Beach Bar: Steve Rondo Band, 7 p.m. Sea Ketch: Alex Roy, 1 p.m. Smuttynose: Jonny Friday Duo, 5:30 p.m. Wally’s: King Kyote, 9 p.m.
Newmarket Stone Church: The Ghost of Paul Revere, 6 p.m.
Hampton Bernie’s Beach Bar: Supernothing, 7 p.m. CR’s: Gerry Beaudoin, 4 p.m. Sea Ketch: Ray Zerkle, 1 p.m. Wally’s: Buckcherry & Hinder, 8 p.m. WHYM: Max Sullivan, noon Newmarket Stone Church: Sunday Services Brunch with Tombstone, 10 a.m. Portsmouth Gas Light: Lewis Goodwin, 12:30 p.m.; Chris Lester, 6 p.m.
Portsmouth The Striker 15 Bow St. 431-5222
Seabrook Castaways: 5:30 p.m.
Thirsty Moose Taphouse 21 Congress St. 427-8645 Rochester Mitchell Hill BBQ Grill & Brew 50 N. Main St. 332-2537
Monday, May 24 Hampton The Goat: Haley Chic, 9 p.m.
Rochester Mitchell BBQ: live music, 6 p.m.
Portsmouth The Goat: Musical Bingo Nation, 7 p.m.; Alex Anthony, 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 27 Epping Telly’s: Justin Jordan, 7 p.m.
Seabrook Red’s: trivia with DJ Zati, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 Hampton Wally’s: Musical Bingo Nation, 7:30 p.m. Portsmouth The Goat: Isaiah Bennett, 9 p.m. Stratham Tailgate Tavern: Musical Bingo Nation, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 Epping Popovers: Team Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m. Exeter Sawbelly: Van Taylor Duo, 5 p.m. Hampton Community Oven: Game Time Trivia, 6 p.m. Wally’s: Chris Toler, 7 p.m.
Exeter Sea Dog: Artty Francoeur, 6 p.m. Hampton CR’s: Ross McGinnes, 6 p.m. Wally’s: Chris Toler, 8 p.m. Newmarket Stone Church: Fysa, 8 p.m. Portsmouth The Gas Light: Max Sullivan, 7:30 p.m. The Goat: Isaiah Bennett, 9 p.m. The Striker: Dana Brearley, 7 p.m. Barry Brearley, 9 p.m. Rochester 110 Grill: Tom Boisse, 5 p.m. Mitchell BBQ: Game Time Trivia, 6 p.m. Seabrook Red’s: Charlie Chronopoulos, 8 p.m.
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Friday, May 28 Epping Telly’s: Tim Theriault, 8 p.m. Exeter Sawbelly: John Irish, 1 p.m. Hampton Bernie’s Beach Bar: Zack Deputy, 8 p.m. CR’s: Don Severance, 6 p.m. The Goat: Rob Pagnano, 9 p.m. L Street Tavern: Max Sullivan, 1 p.m. Logan’s Run: Max Sullivan, 7 p.m. Smuttynose: Conniption Fits, 6:30 p.m. Wally’s: Josh Waterman & Adam Fithian, 9 p.m. WHYM: Steve Haidaichuck, 5:30 p.m. Newmarket Stone Church: Zach Nugent, 6 p.m. Portsmouth Gas Light: Pete Peterson, 7:30 p.m. Gibb’s Garage Bar: trivia, 8 p.m. The Goat: Chris Toler, 9 p.m. Grill 28: Max Sullivan, 6 p.m. The Striker: Double Take, 7 p.m. Thirsty Moose: Hunter Stamas, 9 p.m. Rochester Mitchell BBQ: Gabby Martin, 6 p.m. Seabrook Red’s: Franoix Samard, 7 p.m. Stratham Tailgate Tavern: Alan Roux, 7 p.m.
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All quotes are from The Art of Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) For Impossible: A Peak Performance me, the only way I can be sure I’ve Primer, by Steven Kotler, born May learned something is to tell it to some25, 1967. one else as a story. Actually, two people. At least. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) DefiniCapricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) I tions are helpful. Define ‘helpful.’ always look for someone who’s not Cancer (June 21 – July 22) As it afraid to tell me when I get things happens, if you’re not a profession- wrong. Look for them, and then head al athlete, and you spend all your time in the opposite direction! Ha ha, just chasing professional athletes around kidding. mountains and across oceans, you’re Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) You going to break things. You might want can’t get to impossible on bad informato have repair tape on hand. tion. Know where you want to get. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) If, when I’m Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Pretty out skiing, I decide to go explore a part much anything you want to learn comes of the mountain I’ve not seen before, with basic requirements. No matter how now I’ve layered curiosity atop those big the desire, if you don’t own poles, other motivators…. There are plenty of boots, and bindings, then figuring out reasons to do a favorite activity. how to ski is a nonstarter. You don’t Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Over two have to own; you can borrow or rent. thousand years ago, the philosopher Aries (March 21 – April 19) My goAristotle noticed that setting goals — to break is a solitary two-day ski trip. that is, the establishment of a desired I’ll read books, slide down snow, and outcome or target — was one of the pri- try to talk to no one. But that’s me. Figmary motivators of human behavior. Or ure out what’s you. What’s you? maybe it’s the other way around, but Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Here’s give it a try. how Peter helped unlock the space fronLibra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) This point tier: He woke up, typed at his computer is worth reiterating: learning doesn’t for a while, then had breakfast. Then make us feel smart. At least, not at first. he went someplace and had a converDon’t expect to feel smart, even though sation, then he went someplace else you are. and had another conversation, then he Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Cre- opened up his computer and punched ativity requires pattern recognition, but the keys again. Eventually, he had what does pattern recognition require? lunch. There’s visible work, and there’s You can make your own patterns. invisible work.
BEACH BUM FUN ROCKANDROLLCROSSWORDS.com BY TODD SANTOS
IT WAS THE SOUND OF A CRESCENDO Across 1. Half of rhythm section 5. Like “sharp as a tack” musician 10. Kittie song that comes out when singing? 14. Countertenor 15. Steve Earle ‘Summer ___’ 16. Famous concert park in London 17. Sam Cooke was in a ‘Sad’ one 18. Bo Diddley, or __ McDaniel 19. Jacksons ‘Blame __ __ The Boogie’ (2,2) 20. ‘03 Used hit ‘__ __ Alive’ (6,6) 23. ‘08 Fall Out Boy album ‘Folie
__ __’ (1,4) 24. Urge Overkill ‘__ __ Dragon’ (4,3) 28. __ Ryder & The Detriot Wheels 32. Matchbox 20 song for bedtime? 33. ‘Take On Me’ band (hyph) 36. Like angry security guard 39. Third Eye Blind ‘__-Charmed Life’ 41. Like when rockers party until 42. Heavy genre influenced by violence 43. Placebo song about 2 decades (6,5)
46. Roger Keith Barrett, aka 47. Springsteen goes there for a ‘Cadillac’ 48. Jack Wagner ‘All __ __’ (1,4) 50. Like bland album cover 53. Spacehog ‘At __ I Got Laid’ 57. Jackson Browne ‘86 album ‘Live __’ (2,3,7) 61. Toto song that roars? 64. Composer Copland 65. Michael Jackson ‘They Don’t __ About Us’ 66. Timbaland w/Katy Perry ‘__ __ Ever Meet Again’ (2,2) 67. Drunk dimwit sitting next to you 68. Within The Ruins EP that is a sign from above? 69. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘I Could Have __’ 70. Long parts of guitars 71. Clash “Let us all in on the __” Down 1. 80s music flick La __ 2. Like singing with power
3. Weird Al Yankovic ‘Hardward __’ 4. Reunion rocker’s diet concern 5. Like crowd during ripping solo 6. Morcheeba’s is ‘Big’ 7. Matthew Sweet ‘The __ Truth’ 8. Scorpions ‘__ Me, Please Me’ 9. Steinway & Sons piano made in England? 10. Like changing trends 11. ‘Thriller’ chorus “I want to love you, __” 12. ‘I Want You To Hurt Like __ __’ Randy Newman (1,2) 13. Punk band __ Foot Pole 21. Sought-after sign when bad band plays 22. ‘World Clique’ Deee-__ 25. ELP & The Police, e.g. 26. Punk singer/spoken word guy Rollins 27. Rory Gallagher ‘__ In Blue’ 29. “Cause __ don’t know ‘bout us” Tracy Ullman 30. ‘Smoking Gun’ bluesman Robert 31. Air Supply ‘__ __ Am’ (4,1) 33. ‘00 Spiritual Beggars album ‘Ad __’ 34. Cat Power’s battle cry? (2,3) 35. Pearl Jam bassman Jeff 37. Animals keyman Price 38. Bonnie Tyler’s ‘__ Tracks And Broken Hearts’ 40. Teenage Fanclub “I’m more __ to put my faith in you” 44. Proclaimers ‘__ I Met You’ 45. “You don’t have to __ your body to the night, Roxanne” 49. Steely Dan ‘__ Blues’
51. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Purple __’ 52. Kiss ‘Hot In The __’ 54. Punk band No Use For __ __ (1,4) 55. A handy tool or a handy drink: ____driver 56. ‘00 Marilyn Manson song ‘Disposable __’ 58. Guitarist Clapton 59. Steve Miller ‘__ Of Dreams’ 60. Adam Ant’s band 61. Wayne or Kim 62. Nine Days ‘__ __ Am’ (2,1) 63. Lights ‘I __ You One’ © 2020 Todd Santos
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Sudoku Puzzle A answer from pg 21 of 5/13
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NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION
You let your grown son, his girlfriend and their child move into your house, and what thanks do you get in return? For a 43-yearold Lone Rock, Wisconsin, woman, “Happy Mother’s Day” was expressed with a shock to the neck from a Taser wielded by her 22-yearold son, Andrew Peterson. According to The Smoking Gun, Peterson became upset on May 9 because he couldn’t find his phone, so he stunned his mother, then left her home with 20-year-old Colleen Parker and their child. Peterson was arrested for the shocking assault; Parker also was arrested for allegedly punching Peterson’s mom in the face earlier in the week.
autism spectrum, and his mom hopes to send him to a special school. Amazon is working with the family to donate to a private charity of their choice, and as for the treats? They’ve mostly melted.
Government in action
Since 1989, Mauro Morandi, now 81, has been the caretaker of Budelli, an otherwise uninhabited island in the Mediterranean Sea off Sardinia. He stumbled into the job when his catamaran broke down near the island and he learned that its caretaker was getting ready to retire, The Guardian reported. Now known as Italy’s Robinson Crusoe, Morandi lives in a former World War II shelter and keeps things tidy on the island, clearing paths and keeping beaches clean for day-trippers who visit. But ownership of the island has passed to La Maddalena national park authorities, who are evicting Morandi and turning the small isle into an environmental education destination. “I have given up the fight,” Morandi said. “I’ll be living in the outskirts of the main town (on neighboring island La Maddalena), so will just go there for shopping and the rest of the time keep myself to myself. ... I’ll still see the sea.”
Four-year-old Noah of Brooklyn, New York, knows nautical nonsense when he sees it, so he went all-in on SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles, ordering 918 of them from Amazon in April without his mom knowing. When 51 cases arrived at his aunt’s home, his mom panicked: Jennifer Bryant is a social work graduate student at NYU and has two other boys, The Washington Post reported. She couldn’t pay the $2,618.85 bill, and Amazon wouldn’t take the frozen confections back. A Weird science family friend set up a GoFundMe page, raising Angie Yen, 27, of Brisbane, Australia, had more than $11,000, which Noah’s mom said her tonsils removed on April 19, a simple surwill go toward his education. Noah is on the gery that went smoothly, News.com reported.
But on April 28, as she got ready for work, she started singing in the shower and noticed something unusual about her voice. “I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent,” Yen said. She called a friend, who agreed that her accent suddenly sounded Irish and told her about FAS, foreign accent syndrome. Yen went to the hospital, but doctors told her to go home and see if the new accent would disappear in a few days. Nearly two weeks later, the brogue remains, and Yen is scheduled for an MRI and a visit with a neurologist. “I’m very lucky to have very supportive friends and family,” she said. “If they find something hopefully there is a cure or treatment for it.”
Lost and found
Parker Hanson, a pitcher at Augustana College in Illinois, was born without a left hand, but he adapted over the years so that he could still play his favorite game. On May 3, Hanson realized that the backpack he had left in his car, which contained his prosthetic arm and some of its attachments, had been stolen. Hanson told the Argus Leader that he had lost hope of finding the expensive prosthetic and had started to focus on fundraising for a new one when he received a text on May 11. Nate Riddle and Tim Kachel, who work at Millennium Recycling Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found the arm as they sorted recycling mate-
rials. “I recognized it instantly,” said Kachel, who had heard about the theft on the news. “I was jumping up and down screaming ‘Stop!’” While Hanson is happy to have it back, he said the arm is “pretty banged up” and unusable. Shriners Children’s Twin Cities has stepped up to provide Hanson with a new arm free of charge, and his fundraising money will be donated to help other amputees get their own prosthetics. “If I can help impact some kid’s life for a positive, then that’s what I’ll take out of this whole experience,” Hanson said.
Smile for the camera
The Colonial Pipeline shutdown and subsequent gas shortage has produced its fair share of hysteria-fueled incidents in the Southeast, but Jesse Smith, 25, of Griffin, Georgia, may have set the bar. Police there were able to track down and arrest the would-be thief after he attempted to steal gas from a U-Haul truck on May 12 by drilling holes in its tank, resulting in a huge hazardous materials mess ... and no looted gas. WSB-TV reported that Smith was long gone by the time his handiwork was discovered, but security cameras in the U-Haul lot caught Smith walking around the trucks, and a camera trained on the area behind the KFC where Smith parked his own truck caught his hopeful arrival and the walk of shame that followed his failed gas heist. Visit newsoftheweird.com.
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“Free Game!” — it’s themeless time again Across 1 Garden fixture 8 It’s not the R in “MMR”, but another name for measles 15 Before 16 Maroons
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movie 22 Req. for a restaurant to serve alcohol 23 Eric who said “I believe in the separation of church and planet” 25 Spread for some bougie brewpubs 26 Dal ___ (Rajasthani dish with wheat bread and ghee) 27 “Barbarella” actress 29 Heart diagnostic, for short 30 Lammermoor bride of opera 31 Virtuoso guitarist Malmsteen 33 Use your break time, in a way 35 In the meantime, in Latin 37 How “Waiting for Godot” was originally presented 40 Jays’ and Yanks’ div. 44 Gotta-haves 45 ‘50s Dem. presidential candidate
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